August 14, 1989 – May 5, 2023

By Denali Strabel

With heavy hearts and profound sadness, we announce the passing of Rubye Mayflower Blake: a beloved soul who graced our lives with her warmth, compassion, and unwavering spirit. Rubye departed this world on May 5, leaving behind cherished memories forever etched in our hearts.

Born on August 14, 1989, Rubye Blake was a remarkable woman who exemplified resilience, strength, and grace throughout her journey. She was a loving daughter, a devoted sister, a nurturing wife, a caring mother, and a remarkable friend.

Rubye’s indomitable spirit shone brightly through the many roles she played in her life. She was a pillar of strength and laughter for her family. Her infectious laugh could brighten up the darkest days. Her gentle nurturing presence brought comfort to those in need. She was someone you never wanted to cross, but wanted in your corner.

Rubye was an exceptional athlete. More importantly, Rubye was a team captain for various sports. She took the role seriously and brought the young athletes under her wing, providing unwavering support and guidance. With her twin sister, Denali, Rubye competed all across the country. Though she stopped high-level training, she only partially left athletics. She became the cheerleader we all needed.

In her last decade of life, Rubye found true happiness. Just like her mother, Rubye found sanctuary on the boat. Like her father, Rubye discovered her passion of being in the outdoors. Coming from a family of hunting guides and fishing, Rubye was able to experience the extraordinary life of being out on a boat, first with her brother, Trent, and then with her husband, Derek. Together, Derek and Rubye created a life full of adventure and love. Rubye’s legacy lives on through her little girl, Harbor.

She is survived by her husband Derek; daughter Harbor; twin sister Denali and her husband Eric Strabel; big brother Trent and his wife Oksana Foldager; big sister Monika Swan-Armitstead; mother and father Patricia and Flip Foldager; in-laws Kory and Shawna Blake; Jeannie Chandler and Dave Sjostedt; many nieces and nephews; aunts; uncles; and cousins.

Her presence will be profoundly missed as Rubye created connections with many people. Her extended family comes from all over the world. May we all carry her spirit in our hearts.

Rubye was preceded in death by her loving nephew Gunnar Swan, her grandparents, Pauline (Tutu) Foldager, Jack and Julie Foldager, June and Frank Gauthier, and Uncle Chris Gauthier.

As we honor Rubye’s life, remember to laugh. Rubye thought the world was better with a little more laughter. Though she is no longer with us physically, her legacy will continue to inspire us and remind us of the transformative power of compassion, laughter, and kindness.